ZANU PF's factional divisions, widened by dissolution of District Coordinating Committees (DCCs), have apparently assumed a regional and tribal dimension capable of further tearing the party apart ahead of next elections.
An insider revealed that the party's Midlands and Masvingo provinces are threatening not to vote for President Robert Mugabe in the next presidential poll, accusing the politburo of deliberately dissolving the DCCs to thwart Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa in the succession race.
"Why is it that whenever Ngwena (Mnangangwa) emerges a winner in a fair electoral process, goalposts are suddenly changed?" the insider asked.
"After the Tsholotsho meeting, it was clear Mnangangwa had (the support of) six provinces and they purged the party, particularly the Masvingo and Midlands leadership, and blocked him by amending the constitution to say one of the vice-presidents must be a party woman."